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John Darlington MA

Date of birth:  12th April 1962

Employment details

Sept 1998 - present

Lancashire County Council
Specialist Adviser (Archaeology & Heritage)
Management of a team of heritage specialists to ensure the protection, conservation and promotion of Lancashire’s archaeological and built heritage. Responsible for the Lancashire Sites & Monuments Record, provision of advise to Lancashire Local Authorities and for providing a strategic overview of the county’s heritage. Other principle duties include the development of partnerships, projects and funding packages, and the implementation of statutory and non-statutory plans and strategies.

Sept 1990 - Aug 1998

Stafford Borough Council
Borough Archaeologist
Responsible for the establishment and management of a district-based archaeology service.

Oct 1988 - Aug 1990

Hereford & Worcester County Council
Project Officer
Responsible for evaluations, project designs, post-excavation and drafting of archaeological policy.

Jan 1988 - Sept 1988

Crickley Hill Archaeological Trust
Field Archaeologist
Direction of a variety of heritage projects throughout Gloucestershire.

Oct 1985 - Dec 1987

Birmingham University
Senior Archaeological Site Supervisor
Supervision of Shrewsbury Abbey Excavations.


Education and qualifications:

2000 - Present

Liverpool John Moores University
MSc in Environmental Planning

1984 - 1985

Birmingham University
MA in Archaeological Practise

1981 - 1984

Lancaster University
BA (Hons) in Geography & Archaeology (2:1)

1975 - 1980

Wellington College, Berkshire
3 GSCE ‘A’ levels (Ancient History, Geography, English)
10 GCSE ‘O’ levels


Other information

  • Member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists (excavation & recording)
  • Member of the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers
  • Secretary of the Association of District Archaeological Officers (1993-96) - Convener of the Local Government Re-organisation working party
  • Editor (1989-1992), of the CBA West Midlands journal West Midlands Archaeology Executive Member of CBA North West and ALGAO North West
  • Occasional lecturer in archaeology for Lancaster University, Birmingham University School of Continuing Studies and Keele University Department for Adult Education
  • A working knowledge of the following computer packages: Wordstar, WordPerfect, AutoCAD, dBASE, CoreIDraw, MapINFO and ArcView GIS and Planchest, Geoplot and the Windows working environment.

Professional interests: archaeological conservation and management, geography & archaeology, urban archaeology, medieval fixtures and fittings, castle studies and the promotion of the past.



"Shrewsbury Abbey, The Queen Anne House" West Midlands Archaeology 29 19-24


"Excavations at Sansome Street, Worcester" West Midlands Archaeology 31 12-3


"The Hornsleasow Dinosaur Excavation" British Archaeology 8


"The Hornsleasow Dinosaur Excavation" Current Archaeology 110


"Worcester, Farrier Street" & "Worcester, Sidbury/Friar ~ West Midlands Archaeology 32 55-65


"Bromsgrove, Local Plan survey" West Midlands Archaeology 33 35-6


"Archaeology in Bromsgrove District" Bromsgrove District Council Local Plan


"Planning for Archaeology in Stafford" Stafford Borough Local Plan 2001


"Excavation at Stafford Castle", "Geophysical survey at Stafford Castle" and "Geophysical Survey at Whitgreave" West Midlands Archaeology 34 65-8, 71-3


"Roman Sidbury, Worcester: Excavations 1969- 1989" Trans. Worcestershire Archaeol Soc. 13 3rd Ser. 5-104 (1992)


"Archaeology Service Advice Paper" Association of District Councils (1993)


"Archaeological evaluations as useful predictors" in Understanding Archaeological Evaluation Chester Museums Service


"Excavation at Farrier Street and other sites north of the city wall, Worcester, 1988-90, Trans. Worcestershire Archaeol Soc. 14 3rd Ser.


"Stafford Past - a guide to the archaeological and historic sites of Stafford" Stafford Borough Council 1994


"Heritage Conservation in Lancashire" Lancashire County Council Strategy

Other publications include Crickley Hill Archaeological Trust Reports (Reports on Hornsleasow, Bean Hall, Whitecliff Furnace), Hereford and Worcester County Council Reports (Reports 14, 18, 19, 2 1, 56) Stafford Borough Council Reports (Reports 1-11) and numerous Lancashire County Council technical reports. Occasional book reviewer (archaeology) for CONTEXT (ACO).



"Stafford Borough Conservation Strategy for the Historic Environment", Stafford Borough Council


The Ironwork Report in "Stafford Town Excavations" Batsford


The Queen Anne House Site and The Ironwork Report in Shrewsbury Abbey Excavations 1985-1988, Trans Shropshire Archaeol. Soc. monograph


"Stafford Castle: Survey~ Excavation & Research l978-98. Part I- The Surveys", Stafford Borough Council


"Stafford Castle: Survey, Excavation & Research l978-98. Part 2- The Excavations", Stafford Borough Council


"The Story of Stafford Castle", Stafford Borough Council

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